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Basic Sources for Undergraduate Students (21:355:102): Evaluate Sources

This LibGuide for the Newark Campus is designed for use in English 102 classes and as a general guide to library resources for all undergraduates.

(a) Is the article scholarly?

What are scholarly articles? How will I know?

Scholarly vs. Popular Writng - What is the Difference?
Rutgers libraries take the mystery out of this subject!

Information Cycle (Ray W. Howard Library at Shoreline Community College) (video 3.27 minutes)
How to use your knowledge of the information cycle to choose appropriate sources for your writing assignments.  This excellent short video is very much worth your time!

Research Minutes: How to Identify Scholarly Journal Articles (Cornell University Libraries) 
Learn the characteristics of scholarly journal articles and how to find them--in less than 2 minutes.


Content on Scholarly Articles and Scholarly v. Popular courtesy of Naomi Gold.  Video courtesy of Jill Nathanson and Mei Ling Lo, New Brunswick.

Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade


Popular:  Inform and entertain the general public. Magazines like Time or Rolling Stone; or newspapers like the L.A. Times.  Written for a wide variety of readers.

Scholarly:  Disseminate research and academic discussion among professionals in a discipline.  Articles are written by researchers who are experts in their fields using the specialized terminology of the field.  Almost always include the institutional affiliation of the author and a list of references at the end of the article.  Usually peer reviewed.

Trade:  Allow practitioners in specific industries to share market and production information that improves their businesses.



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